What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is defined as "Any item, piece of equipment, product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." Public Law 108-364
This includes devices and services that assist people with disabilities increase their independence whether they are at home, school, work or enjoying recreation.
Some examples of assistive technology include:
- Hearing aids
- Augmentative Communication Devices
- Jar openers
- Raised toilet seats
- Cars and vans that are modified
- Computers that can be used with voice activation software
- Changes in equipment used at work. For example, rearranging lighting for a person with limited vision or rearranging furniture to make maneuverability easier.
- Electronic books
- Handhelds (PDA's)
- Recreation and leisure materials:
- battery-operated toys that operate with switches
- adapted tools for gardening
- playing cards and board games in braille
As you can see, there are many examples of assistive technology. Technology is EVERYWHERE and for EVERYONE!